IGOR BERCU: E-GOVERNANCE MUST BE ACTIVELY TAUGHT IN UNIVERSITIES SO THAT STUDENTS ARE AWARE AND PREPARED FOR THE DIGITAL CHANGES OF THE MODERN WORLD
The short- and medium-term plans for digital transformation were the focus of the round table initiated by a group of IT professors from the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova delivering courses in IT, statistics and economic cybernetics and hosted by the e-Governance Agency yesterday, November 8, 2023.
To develop the digital intellectual capital, the participants agreed to give joint public lectures, during which ASEM professors and EGA’s e-governance experts will address issues of major interest such as:
- centralized electronic admission systems;
- digital academic reporting;
- development of the government's digital potential to make the education system more efficient;
- efficient use of available data and data exchange;
- promotion of e-governance solutions among students;
- technological modernization of universities to monitor student traceability and performance, teacher performance, accreditations, verifications, state investments in universities, digital diplomas;
- use of digital signature and identity.
EGA experts answered questions from ASEM professors who were interested in particular in the current and future projects on the Government’s digital transformation agenda, including
- digitization of the registers of education diplomas issued after 1992 (currently only diplomas issued after 2008 are available in digital format and those individuals who have such diplomas can access them in mcabinet.gov.md);
- the new “e-Democracy” platform, which will include e-survey, e-petition and e-feedback;
- the full redesign of the social insurance system to distribute all types of social benefits only via MPay;
- the launch of MDocs - a new electronic governance product;
- distribution of salary payments from the state budget exclusively via MPay starting on January 1, 2024.
EGA expert Igor Bercu noted that “eGov mandate is to equip institutions with all the digital tools they need to digitize their processes, even if sometimes persuasion and coercion is needed to push the way towards digitalization of services and data in all areas”.
Systematic discussions and close collaboration between the public sector and academia are useful and necessary for both sides, and will benefit in particular students who need to be ready to keep the pace with the global technological progress.